Real-time Data Discovery and Notification
     of Restoration Progress through
  Automated Electronic Data Delivery


    ...
Project Research Goal
• To answer the question:
  – How to manage environmental electronic data
    deliverables to facili...
Electronic Data Deliverables
• What types of electronic data?
  – Physical, chemical, geology, and biological
    data rel...
Discovery and Notification
• What is data discovery and notification?               Superfund, RCRA,
   – Data Discovery  ...
Benefits
                                              Reduces the risk
                                              from...
Research Goal Revisited
• How do you achieve these benefits?
  Provide environmental enterprise software for
   managing e...
Enterprise System
•   Include a formal, open interface specification
    describing electronic data exchange guidelines
• ...
Update local valid
                   values and submit
                    EDDs directly to
                       Enterp...
Interface Specifications
• Formal, open interface specifications describing
  electronic data exchange guidelines
   – Des...
Data Submissions
• Pushes the responsibility of submitting
  correct/complete data to the data provider
  – The data provi...
Data Provider Software
• Disconnected checking for the Data Providers
  for preparing and submitting EDDs
  – Desktop Elec...
Closed Loop EDD Checking
• Desktop EDP is same code as Enterprise EDP
• Ensures same checks on both sides of data
  transa...
Data Discovery
• Server-side ‘Intelligent Agents’
   – Triggered
      • New data, new ‘hits’
          – For example: If ...
Summary
• Enterprise software for managing environmental
  electronic data deliverables permitting discovery
  and notific...
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A highly scaleable, cost-effective enterprise Electronic Data Deliverable (EDD) management system has been developed to provide government project managers and industry consultants the ability to rapidly and effectively evaluate the progress of environmental restorations of contaminated geographic locations. The system provides automated EDD acceptance, validation, and database import by standardizing data delivery formats. The system includes an interface for real-time data discovery and monitoring.

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  1. 1. Real-time Data Discovery and Notification of Restoration Progress through Automated Electronic Data Delivery Michael F. Barinek, DePaul University, School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems Mitchell K. Beard, EarthSoft, Inc. David E. Dougherty, Subterranean Research, Inc. David A. Wilson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
  2. 2. Project Research Goal • To answer the question: – How to manage environmental electronic data deliverables to facilitate data feature discovery and notification?
  3. 3. Electronic Data Deliverables • What types of electronic data? – Physical, chemical, geology, and biological data related to your site or project – Metadata – Location Data – Geographic information • Topography, geological, geophysical data • Points of Interest • Aerial photographs, satellite imagery
  4. 4. Discovery and Notification • What is data discovery and notification? Superfund, RCRA, – Data Discovery Phase II, Phase III Investigations • The system discovers problems at your site • Examples may include: new analytes detected, results above action level, pumping wells under performing – Notification • The system immediately notifies you about these problems • Includes a variety of channels for notification delivery Web-site, Environmental Information Agents email, ftp, ‘Push’ Reports others
  5. 5. Benefits Reduces the risk from not knowing potential problems • Benefits at a site – Know about problems faster – Gain this knowledge routinely – Find solutions faster Accelerates site • Net results closeout – Shift from reactive to proactive • The system informs you of potential problems – Better risk management and communication Individual sites or across multiple sites
  6. 6. Research Goal Revisited • How do you achieve these benefits? Provide environmental enterprise software for managing environmental electronic data deliverables permitting, discovery, and notification
  7. 7. Enterprise System • Include a formal, open interface specification describing electronic data exchange guidelines • Push the responsibility of submitting data to the data provider • Provide software to the Data Provider for preparing, authenticating, checking, and submitting EDD • Provide an automated system for managing inbound and outbound files • Provide automated Electronic Data Processor (EDP) (Closed Loop: same code used by both the data provider and enterprise system) • Provide a mechanism for receiving notification of site restoration progress
  8. 8. Update local valid values and submit EDDs directly to Enterprise Supports POP3 and Lotus Notes email retrieval Includes Oracle schema for monitoring and managing the Enterprise workflow Enterprise File Management and Real-time data EDD Processing discovery and notification Reports, Graphs, Graphics, (Boring Logs, Cross Sections) Statistics, Central Data Exchange, User Defined …
  9. 9. Interface Specifications • Formal, open interface specifications describing electronic data exchange guidelines – Describes types of data that can be submitted in the EDD format – What information to be included with each EDD submittal – EDD file naming and table formatting conventions, data integrity rules, and valid data types – Checks for completeness and correctness EPA Region 5 Groundwater Evaluation and Optimization System (GEOS) EDD Other EDD formats for individual sites, facilities, or agencies, ie ERPIMS, ERIS, SEDD, Multimedia EDD
  10. 10. Data Submissions • Pushes the responsibility of submitting correct/complete data to the data provider – The data provider submits an EDD directly to the automated system – Forces compliance with the EDD format – Simple projects (USTs) can live with simple formats, but Superfund and Base Closure programs need more data – Common concern • “It’s too difficult to meet the specification” Provide software to the Data Provider for preparing and submitting EDDs
  11. 11. Data Provider Software • Disconnected checking for the Data Providers for preparing and submitting EDDs – Desktop Electronic Data Processor (EDP) – Provide disconnected syntax and reference value checking • Local XML Schema for formats • Local XML Database for reference values – Includes a mechanism for receive local XML updates from the Enterprise system
  12. 12. Closed Loop EDD Checking • Desktop EDP is same code as Enterprise EDP • Ensures same checks on both sides of data transaction: – Desktop EDP offers privacy, advanced checks, color coded error designations, can be called programatically from LIMS or other data collection software. – Enterprise EDP offers web or email interface, high throughput, automated responses with complete error log with EDD rejections, automated data loading into EQuIS • Ensures complete, correct transaction
  13. 13. Data Discovery • Server-side ‘Intelligent Agents’ – Triggered • New data, new ‘hits’ – For example: If we have a new Arsenic ‘hit’, then generate: » New Arsenic contours » New Arsenic trend charts – Scheduled • Weekly, monthly regular events – On-demand • Ad Hoc • Automated Generation of reports, graphs, graphics, models, statistics, visualizations, exports, etc.
  14. 14. Summary • Enterprise software for managing environmental electronic data deliverables permitting discovery and notification – Where we are in the development process – Enterprise and Desktop EDP available now, Intelligent Agents available in early Fall • Our Partners – EPA, Region 5 GEOS – EarthSoft, Inc. – Subterranean Research, Inc. • Demonstrations available.

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